Mother jailed for boy’s drug death

Published: Thursday 5th March 2015 by The News Editor

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A heroin addict who killed her two-year-old son by deliberately “feeding” him methadone has been jailed for six years.

Jurors found Kelly Emery guilty of the manslaughter of Fenton Hogan but cleared her of giving the toddler methadone on two other occasions before his death in July 2013.

Emery, formerly of Frankley, Birmingham, was given a concurrent 12-month prison sentence after admitting gross neglect of Fenton by allowing him access to methadone.

The 34-year-old refused to give evidence at her trial at Nottingham Crown Court, insisting that she had never given her son methadone despite being negligent in leaving bottles of the drug “lying around” her house.

The Crown alleged that Emery, formerly of Cotswold Close, Frankley, gave the heroin substitute to Fenton to “knock him out” so she could smoke crack cocaine.

Jurors were told that Fenton, who had no obvious injuries, was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital from Emery’s former home.

In a statement issued after the case, Detective Inspector Bob Sutton, who led a West Midlands Police investigation into the death, said: “Any child death is a tragedy. Fenton Hogan should have had the rest of his live to look forward to.

“Instead his short life was taken by the actions of his mother, who should have been there to safeguard and protect him.”

The officer said of Emery: “Her daily routine revolved around the consumption of drugs. This was to the detriment of those she had direct care for.

“Fenton’s extended family agrees that no sentence is sufficient or will help to heal what happened to Fenton. The impact of Kelly’s actions will remain with all of the family forever.”

Published: Thursday 5th March 2015 by The News Editor

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